Sandra L. "Sandy" Thomas, 57, went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
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She suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which she graciously and bravely battled for five years. Sandy passed away peacefully at home in Woodstock, Ga.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware she was daughter of the late Robert J. Bartels. She was a long time resident of Lancaster County, moving from Brownstown to Georgia in 2009.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster for many years. She was very active in the church's music programs, missions committee, and in many short-term missions trips including two trips to Kenya. Sandy also served on the church's deaconess board. More recently she was a member of Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, Georgia where she was active in the church's Wednesday night program and the women's prayer groups.
A Registered Nurse, Mrs. Thomas graduated from Elk Lake High School, Wilkes-Barre General School of Nursing and Wilkes University where she received her BSN in 1983. She worked as a nurse at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, the former Saint Joseph's Hospital, in Lancaster, the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, and finally Conestoga Valley School District.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband Stephen C (V); her son, Stephen C. (VI); two sisters, Ann Gustin of Meshoppen, and Carol Allen of Tunkhannock; two brothers, James Bartels, of Retta, and Charles Bartels, of Meshoppen; her mother, Anna M. (Way) Bartels of Tunkhannock; 11 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held May 18 at Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, Reverend David Hall officiating.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, at Westminster Presbyterian Church 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster Reverend Michael Rogers officiating. Well-wishers may greet the family between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the Westminster Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002, www.alsphiladelphia.org or to Westminster Presbyterian Church 2151 Oregon Pike 17601.
Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta will be handling the service in Powder Springs, Ga. For more information, visit www.mayeswarddobbins.com.
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from May 23 to May 29, 2012